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History of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra

The ASYO’s history is unique from any other.  It is a youth orchestra born from a parent orchestra that was born from a youth orchestra itself.  The Atlanta Youth Orchestra was founded in 1945 by members of the Atlanta Music Club.  The ensemble gradually grew to be the professional ASO; however youth education has always been crucial to its mission. 

Nearly thirty years later, the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra was founded.  Directed by ASO associate conductor Michael Palmer, the first concert was given on December 21, 1974.  Since then, the youth orchestra has seen only two other conductors, Sung Kwak, and Maestro Jere Flint, who conducted the Youth Orchestra 1979-2014 and was a cellist for the ASO 1967-2014. The ASYO is now excited to welcome ASO Assistant Conductor and ASYO Music Director,Joseph Young, for the 2014-15 season.

During its 40-year history, the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra gained national recognition as one of the best youth orchestras in the country. The only American youth orchestra ever to participate in an Olympic Games, the ASYO was a featured ensemble in the 1996 closing ceremonies. ASYO has also been featured on National Public Radio, WABE, and with the rock group, Collective Soul. In the spring of 2015, the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra will perform at National Arts Advocacy Day events in Washington D.C., including a performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. 

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    Perianes Returns To Play Schumann, Guest Conductor Zagrosek Conducts Brahms First Symphony

    Thu May 05, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    Mendelssohn’s Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage is a lovely Romantic orchestral work, inspired by two Goethe poems. Schumann’s Concerto requires a virtuoso pianist of the first rank and displays a remarkable sense of collaboration between soloist and orchestra.

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    Casual Fridays: Zagrosek Conducts Mendelssohn

    Fri May 06, 2016 | 6:30 PM

    Mendelssohn's Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage is a lovely Romantic orchestral work, inspired by two Goethe poems. We follow this with Brahms, a composer who spoke very much of Romantic lyricism, passion and grandeur. All tickets $25!

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    Perianes Returns To Play Schumann, Guest Conductor Zagrosek Conducts Brahms First Symphony

    Sat May 07, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    Mendelssohn’s Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage is a lovely Romantic orchestral work, inspired by two Goethe poems. Schumann’s Concerto requires a virtuoso pianist of the first rank and displays a remarkable sense of collaboration between soloist and orchestra.

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    ASYO Finale Concert

    Sun May 08, 2016 | 3:00 PM

    Meet the next generation of stars before they hit it big. Each year, the 120 dynamic and talented young artists of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra (ASYO) energetically tackle masterworks of classical and modern music under the baton of Joseph Young.

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    Broadway's Golden Age

    Fri May 13, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    The large, lush arrangements for a Broadway Orchestra and chorus are no more, but the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its world famous Chorus keep the tradition alive with an evening of Broadway classics from its Golden Age.

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    Morris Robinson Community Recital

    Sat May 14, 2016 | 2:00 PM

    Bass Morris Robinson, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's 2015-16 Artist-in-Residence, presents a free recital of pieces that reflect on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    Broadway's Golden Age

    Sat May 14, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    The large, lush arrangements for a Broadway Orchestra and chorus are no more, but the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its world famous Chorus keep the tradition alive with an evening of Broadway classics from its Golden Age.

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    Broadway's Golden Age

    Sun May 15, 2016 | 3:00 PM

    The large, lush arrangements for a Broadway Orchestra and chorus are no more, but the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its world famous Chorus keep the tradition alive with an evening of Broadway classics from its Golden Age.

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    Chamber Recital

    Thu May 19, 2016 | 6:45 PM

    Join us for a complimentary Chamber recital featuring our talented Atlanta Symphony Orchestra musicians.

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    Joseph Young Conducts Naughton Twins in Night of Mozart and the Romeo and Juliet Suite

    Thu May 19, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    Mozart probably composed the Concerto for Two Pianos to perform with his sister, Nannerl.

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    Reinhardt University

    Fri May 20, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    A night of Mozart and the Romeo and Juliet Suite.

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    Joseph Young Conducts Naughton Twins in Night of Mozart and the Romeo and Juliet Suite

    Sat May 21, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    Mozart probably composed the Concerto for Two Pianos to perform with his sister, Nannerl.

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    Side-By-Side Concert with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra

    Thu May 26, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    The 2016 Side-By-Side Concert repertoire will include the first movement from Violin Concerto No. 2 by Prokofiev performed by ASYO Concertmaster, Malhar Kute, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

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    Music of Elton John

    Fri May 27, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    Come close the Pops! season and say Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. This will be your last chance to Crocodile Rock with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on your 15/16 Pops! Season. Bring your friends Bennie and the Jets and sing Your Song along with Michael Cavanaugh, a Rocket Man of an entertainer.

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    Music of Elton John

    Sat May 28, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    Come close the Pops! season and say Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. This will be your last chance to Crocodile Rock with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on your 15/16 Pops! Season. Bring your friends Bennie and the Jets and sing Your Song along with Michael Cavanaugh, a Rocket Man of an entertainer.

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    Music of Elton John

    Sun May 29, 2016 | 3:00 PM

    Come close the Pops! season and say Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. This will be your last chance to Crocodile Rock with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on your 15/16 Pops! Season. Bring your friends Bennie and the Jets and sing Your Song along with Michael Cavanaugh, a Rocket Man of an entertainer.

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